[aprssig] Fwd: Re: Best Buy 8" Insignia Infocast
skyssx at gmail.com
Sun Feb 20 23:34:40 EST 2011
That is a good deal, but the Chumby Hacker Board has more I/Os and is less expensive still. Check it out at adafruit.com. It comes with Linux on the SD card, Xastir is probably a perfect fit. Something I'd like to do with more time and money.
On Feb 20, 2011, at 23:18, "Bob Bruninga " <bruninga at usna.edu> wrote:
> Can anyone turn this in to a killer APRS mobile devce?
> Bob, WB4APR
>>> I just purchased an Insignia Infocast from
>>> Best Buy, they are on sale for $79.99.
> ---- Original message ----
>> Subject: Re: Best Buy 8" Insignia Infocast
>> As a follow-up, I have now fired this device up. I could not get it to
>> connect to my main DLink wireless router, but I hooked up a newer
>> Linksys router, and it connected OK. Both setup for WEP, since I have
>> some older laptops that do not do WPA.
>> I then downloaded and unzipped the Web browser (based on QT) onto a USB
>> drive (about 55MB). Then, I rebooted the Infocast, and connected a USB
>> keyboard to the other USB port. I was able to browse the web OK. It is
>> a bit of a pain to use a combination of the keyboard and touchscreen, as
>> no mouse is used. But, it does work.
>> Since QT works OK, maybe we could build and install an SDR app??
>> On 2/15/2011 2:37 AM, Terry Fox wrote:
>>> I just purchased an Insignia Infocast from Best Buy, they are on sale
>>> for $79.99.
>>> This is an "Internet Media Display" that (funny thing) displays
>>> pictures, streaming video, audio, etc from the Internet or from
>>> plugged-in memory cards.
>>> The neat thing is that it has an 8" 800x600 color touch-screen
>>> display, an 800MHz processor, 2GB of storage RAM, digital media card
>>> readers, Wifi, and two USB connections. It apparently runs "Chumby",
>>> a version of Linux 2.6. Alas, unhacked it runs on AC power only, and
>>> the electronics is in a large hump on the back, so it's no tablet.
>>> There is info on the web to add a web browser (with external USB
>>> kybd), and get a ssh. I imagine more hacks are out there as well.
>>> I originally got it for the TFT LCD display with touchscreen and power
>>> supply, but it may be too cool/useful to rip apart. At $80, a decent
>>> buy, maybe even a "Best Buy".
>>> Terry, WB4JFI
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